Guidebook for Kailua-Kona

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Guidebook for Kailua-Kona

Food Scene

I love the hamburgers here and the price is not to bad.
Kona Canoe Club
75-5744 Ali‘i Dr
I love the hamburgers here and the price is not to bad.
Such a fun place to hang out and get some coffee or breakfast.
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San Francisco Bay Coffee Bar - Kona, HI.
75-5744 Ali‘i Dr
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Such a fun place to hang out and get some coffee or breakfast.
Hamburgers are the best here!!
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Island Ono Loa Grill
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Hamburgers are the best here!!
Love this very thick ice cream. Especially at night when you are walking around enjoying the sights.
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Gypsea Gelato Kailua-Kona Coconut Grove Marketplace
75-5809 Ali‘i Dr
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Love this very thick ice cream. Especially at night when you are walking around enjoying the sights.
Poke is a food I love to eat here. Its raw tuna with some great seasoning. They are only open until they run out of fresh fish for the day.
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Da Poke Shack
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Poke is a food I love to eat here. Its raw tuna with some great seasoning. They are only open until they run out of fresh fish for the day.
We just found out you do not need to be military to eat at this cafe!! They have the cheapest hamburgers and the best on the island!.
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Kilauea Military Camp
99-252 Crater Rim Drive
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We just found out you do not need to be military to eat at this cafe!! They have the cheapest hamburgers and the best on the island!.

Entertainment & Activities

This is a good place to rent ocean toys, or get hooked up with tours. Don't forget to get your picture taken with the parrots.
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Boss Frog's Snorkel, Bike & Beach Rentals
75-5725 Ali‘i Dr
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This is a good place to rent ocean toys, or get hooked up with tours. Don't forget to get your picture taken with the parrots.
This is a good place to learn how to surf.
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Kahalu'u Bay Surf and Sea
78-6685 Ali‘i Dr
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This is a good place to learn how to surf.
This place is also know as two step and is a great place to go snorkeling. I like it even better than going with a tour company that takes people to the Captain Cook monument. I feel there are way more fish and not as many people here. Plus the tide pools are fun for the kids to play in.
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Honaunau Beach Rd Snorkeling access
Honaunau Beach Road
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This place is also know as two step and is a great place to go snorkeling. I like it even better than going with a tour company that takes people to the Captain Cook monument. I feel there are way more fish and not as many people here. Plus the tide pools are fun for the kids to play in.

Parks & Nature

This is a great beach for boogie boarding or body surfing. In the winter the shore break can be kind of dangerous and the rocks come out. But in the summer time it is all sand and nice waves.
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Magic Sands Beach Park
Ali'i Drive
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This is a great beach for boogie boarding or body surfing. In the winter the shore break can be kind of dangerous and the rocks come out. But in the summer time it is all sand and nice waves.
We love taking people to this beach in order to get use to snorkeling and the ocean. They also have a nice display of what to look for in the ocean .
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Kahaluu Bay
Ali‘i Drive
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We love taking people to this beach in order to get use to snorkeling and the ocean. They also have a nice display of what to look for in the ocean .
There is a nice trail you can walk on and see many new steam vents. You can also see how much the caldera has grown since the last eruption. There is a great times lap video in the visitors center that shows how things have changed since last year. FYI Its usually a lot cooler at Volcano than in Kona.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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There is a nice trail you can walk on and see many new steam vents. You can also see how much the caldera has grown since the last eruption. There is a great times lap video in the visitors center that shows how things have changed since last year. FYI Its usually a lot cooler at Volcano than in Kona.
This has just reopened!! It is a newest black sands beach on the island.
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Isaac Hale Park
13-101 Kalapana - Kapoho Rd
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This has just reopened!! It is a newest black sands beach on the island.
These waterfalls are kind of nice to stop and look at. You will only see a rainbow if you are there in the morning, just so you know.
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Rainbow Falls
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These waterfalls are kind of nice to stop and look at. You will only see a rainbow if you are there in the morning, just so you know.
There is a nice trail to hike around to see this waterfall. I also like to stop in the little town that you drive through and see all the little shops.
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Akaka Falls State Park
875 Akaka Falls Rd
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There is a nice trail to hike around to see this waterfall. I also like to stop in the little town that you drive through and see all the little shops.
This is a great beach to spend the day at. In the winter boogie boarding can be good, and in the summer there is some good snorkeling all the way to the right side of the beach in front of the hotel. There also is lots of sand for the kids to play in. There is bathrooms and showers and I think you can even rent stuff at a little shop.
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Hāpuna Beach State Park
Old Puako Road
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This is a great beach to spend the day at. In the winter boogie boarding can be good, and in the summer there is some good snorkeling all the way to the right side of the beach in front of the hotel. There also is lots of sand for the kids to play in. There is bathrooms and showers and I think you can even rent stuff at a little shop.
There is limited parking down by this beach and it is very local. If you can find a place to park it is a great beach. There are bathrooms and warm showers! Lots of sand and I have swam with dolphins several times at this beach.
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Hookena Beach Road
Ho'okena Beach Road
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There is limited parking down by this beach and it is very local. If you can find a place to park it is a great beach. There are bathrooms and warm showers! Lots of sand and I have swam with dolphins several times at this beach.

Essentials

This is a very close grocery store to the condo with good prices.
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KTA Super Stores
74-5594 Palani Rd
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This is a very close grocery store to the condo with good prices.
Another good grocery store.
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Safeway
75-971 Henry St
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Another good grocery store.

Shopping

Who doesn't love Walmart! They have just about every thing you would need, but not the best of fresh produce, so Safeway is right next door for that.
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Walmart
75-1015 Henry St
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Who doesn't love Walmart! They have just about every thing you would need, but not the best of fresh produce, so Safeway is right next door for that.
This is a beautiful drive through Wood Valley that leads to a cute little coffee Mill. Many people in the area share the land and grow there own coffee here. Then they all share the roasters and drying center. You can get a nice lesson on coffee with lots of samples.
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Ka'u Coffee Mill
96-2694 Wood Valley Rd
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This is a beautiful drive through Wood Valley that leads to a cute little coffee Mill. Many people in the area share the land and grow there own coffee here. Then they all share the roasters and drying center. You can get a nice lesson on coffee with lots of samples.
This bay front area has lots of really cute stores and shops. I love just walking along here.
Hilo Bayfront Beach Park
This bay front area has lots of really cute stores and shops. I love just walking along here.
The market is open until 4pm every day, but Wed and Sat are its big days. There is lots of fresh produce from local farmers at this market.
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Hilo Farmers Market
Mamo Street
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The market is open until 4pm every day, but Wed and Sat are its big days. There is lots of fresh produce from local farmers at this market.

Sightseeing

The park is has a great little walking trail that teaches you a lot about Hawaiian culture. They also do a nice presentation to help teach about the Place of Refuge.
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Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park
State Highway 160
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The park is has a great little walking trail that teaches you a lot about Hawaiian culture. They also do a nice presentation to help teach about the Place of Refuge.
There is not much of a park here, but it is beautiful and the Southern most tip of the United States.
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South Point Park
South Point Road
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There is not much of a park here, but it is beautiful and the Southern most tip of the United States.
If you are at all interested in Orchids this is the place for you to stop! They have the coolest orchid maze were you learn all about the history of orchids and how they grow. It cost a little bit but so worth it and you can see an orchid that is over 100 years old!!
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Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
11-3051 Volcano Rd
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If you are at all interested in Orchids this is the place for you to stop! They have the coolest orchid maze were you learn all about the history of orchids and how they grow. It cost a little bit but so worth it and you can see an orchid that is over 100 years old!!
Sometimes in the winter there is snow up here! It's lots of fun to feel like you're on top of the world. You are up pretty high so there are some warnings about altitude sickness for children under 13. We have found out that this is true, our son got sick when we went up to the top one Christmas.
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Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station
Mauna Kea Access Road
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Sometimes in the winter there is snow up here! It's lots of fun to feel like you're on top of the world. You are up pretty high so there are some warnings about altitude sickness for children under 13. We have found out that this is true, our son got sick when we went up to the top one Christmas.

Getting Around

The Kona Trolly stops here and many other places along Ali'i drive. It only cost $2 per transfer and stops many places around town. Its and open air trolly so lots of fun to ride on and see the sights. You can also get up to Walmart on this trolly. There is a schedule on line and in the condo to help you out.
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Waterfront Row Shopping Center
75-5774 Ali‘i Dr
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The Kona Trolly stops here and many other places along Ali'i drive. It only cost $2 per transfer and stops many places around town. Its and open air trolly so lots of fun to ride on and see the sights. You can also get up to Walmart on this trolly. There is a schedule on line and in the condo to help you out.
There is a blue bike rental spot right here. It only cost $3.50 for 30 min and $20 for 300 minutes. You can use these minutes over several days. This can be a fun way to get around Ali'i drive.
Hale Halawai Park
75-5760 Ali‘i Dr
There is a blue bike rental spot right here. It only cost $3.50 for 30 min and $20 for 300 minutes. You can use these minutes over several days. This can be a fun way to get around Ali'i drive.